Not sure about you, but books about conifers always confuse me. I find conifers endlessly intriguing, but I know shamefully little about them, and I have a terrible time making sense of these beauties from all the pretty pictures. How big are they? How fast do they grow? How do they feel to the touch? And so on.
I’m currently working on a garden I think could benefit from a number of conifers, so the client and I, plus another friend and veteran conifer fan, took a trip to Conifer Kingdom this week to check some out in person. Of course we had a wonderful time. We returned to Portland with a car load of plants my friend Marian was adding to her garden. Beth – the client – showed admirable restraint, but wrote a long list of favorites for us to try to incorporate in her future sanctuary. This was a wise move, as there is a lot to be done before her garden is ready for plants. First we have to do a lot of “reductive gardening” and remove a bunch of overgrown, fungus-ridden photinias and misshapen arborvitae, and build retaining walls and paths.
I will write a longer post on our visit later, but for now, here are a few impressions:
This was such a fun visit to such a lovely place! I learned a lot from Sam who patiently showed us around and answered all our questions. More to come soon!